Oneida Nation meets with NFL officials in fight to change racially offensive team name
Wed, 30 Oct 2013 23:56:59 GMT —
Representatives of the Oneida Nation met with NFL officials Wednesday as part of a continuing effort to get the owner of the Washington Redskins to change the teamâ??s nickname.
The Oneida Nation has been the leading voice in the push to change the football teamâ??s nickname. Their efforts have earned support from President Obama and Bob Costas.
Oneida Nation CEO Ray Halbritter met with NFL officials to discuss why the name was offensive and what the Oneida Nation wants to see happen.
In a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, the Oneida Nation requested a meeting with all 32 team owners during Super Bowl week to try and get the other owners to join with them in encouraging a new nickname.
The letter also suggests Commissioner Goodell and Washington owner Daniel Snyder visit the Oneida Nation and talk to residents about why the name is offensive to them.
In addition, the Oneidas want to see an amendment to league bylaws that will prevent any other teams from adopting racial nicknames.
Washington owner Snyder has said he will not change the name. Snyder also met with NFL officials Wednesday to address the nickname.